As seen in Cindy Orr’s post, Community Reserve is a great way to expand title offerings to your patrons at no extra cost.  Adding local content through Community Reserve gives you a chance to personalize the collection as well having extra titles that count towards circulation and downloads.  Why not give it a try?

Follow these steps:

Step 1: Find local content.  Start within the library.  Look for local historical documents, educational materials, community videos, photographs, or geneaology titles.

Step 2: Ensure that the library holds the necessary ownership rights, licenses, and/or permissions to upload these titles.

Step 3: Prepare these titles in the appropriate format: eBook, Audiobook, Music, or Video.  If you are unsure about how to appropriately prepare these titles, detailed assistance can be given.

Step 4: Catalog. Libraries will enter their own metadata including: Title, Source, and Description.

Step 5: Upload the prepared titles to Content Reserve.

Step 6: Let your patrons enjoy!  Once the media has been uploaded, patrons have the ability to search, checkout, and download these titles.

Spread the Word!  Give your patrons the opportunity to submit their own content for review and approval to upload into Content Reserve.  Check out how a local band in Boston made their music available on the Boston Download Library.

Having trouble or want more information?  Please contact your Project Manager.

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